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The Difference Between Commercial & Residential Fire Detection

Fire detection and fire alarms are a crucial part of fire safety for both commercial and residential properties. They both help save lives and protect property by alerting that a fire has broken out. There are also different types of fire detection systems to suit the various types of environments they are used in. But, when it comes to residential and commercial; there are some major differences we’d like to discuss here. And, when you’re ready to discuss a fire detection system for your Columbus business, give us a call at Hard Fire. We can design and install the right fire detection system to meet your unique business’ needs.

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Codes & Testing

A commercial business has special fire detection requirements residential properties simply don’t need. And, commercial properties having code requirements they must meet. We are current and up to date on all of the regulations and codes surrounding fire alarms, fire suppression and fire protection.

Unlike with residential fire alarms, when it comes to commercial fire detection, testing will usually need to be carried out by a qualified professional on a regular basis.

Residential Fire Detection

Most people are familiar with the types of smoke detector used in residential properties. There are two common types; photoelectric and ionization. Photoelectric uses light beams, which cause a reduction in light passing to a photocell if smoke is present. Ionization works by reactions inside the detector being disrupted by the presence of smoke particles. Note: National and Ohio fire codes require residential fire detection and Carbon Monoxide detectors be replaced at least every 10 years. Newer Smoke and CO detectors come with 10-year batteries. The battery low monitor on these new unit can be a good reminder to replace your residential detectors keeping your family safe is the focus of this requirement.

Commercial Fire Detection

A commercial property includes everything from office buildings to restaurants to industrial buildings to entertainment venues. Each of these require a uniquely designed fire detection system to meet its needs. For example, an entertainment building is going to require different types of fire detection than an office would.
A fire detection system in commercial buildings are usually more complex than those used in residences. With larger sized buildings such as big office blocks, fire alarm and fire detection systems will need careful design and planning, with a full fire risk assessment taking place before installation.

All elements of the fire detection system are interlinked together with a central control panel and in most cases commercial fire alarms will require 24/7 monitoring. This allows fire department notification even when there is nobody on the premises. Detectors will have to be able to detect smoke or heat, whichever is more appropriate for the given environment.

Also new requirements are being added this year by the National code for Carbon Monoxide detection in commercial buildings.

In addition to detecting fire, Manual pull call points will be needed in commercial buildings so that individuals can raise the alarm immediately should they discover a fire.

Finally, The 2018 tax reduction act has allowed commercial building owners to write off a fire protection system investment, please contact us to find out more about this incentive to protect your most valuable asset, your people.

Do you want more information about a fire detection system for your Columbus business? Call Hard Fire at 800-848-1301 or 614-882-2990 or you can Contact Us.

 

Why You Should Have Your Commercial Fire Alarms Tested Regularly

Your commercial fire alarms and business’ fire safety likely isn’t always at the forefront of your mind with everything else you have to do to run your business. But, it is important to ensure your fire protection system is working as it should. One of the most important steps in doing so is scheduled commercial fire alarm testing. And, if you can’t seem to remember to have them tested, then enlist the experts to do so for you. At Hard Fire, we specialize in commercial fire alarms in Ohio, including testing, scheduled maintenance and much more. We’d like to tell you more about commercial fire alarms and how to ensure your business is up to code and protected against a fire.

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Your commercial fire alarms are there to keep your employees safe if there is a fire ignited in your building. The occupants can thus have more time to safely evacuate the building, and fire alarms can help reduce injuries and fatalities that can sometimes result from these types of emergencies. These systems will also alert the authorities if a fire breaks out in your business in the middle of the night. But you won’t know they’re not working correctly until it’s too late. That is why it is so important to have your commercial fire alarms tested on a regular basis.

It’s also the law! The National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code requires tests and inspections that are also required by Ohio law. Your commercial fire alarms must be at a minimum, tested once per year in order to ensure it is working and up to code.

It is important to make sure your commercial fire alarms are thoroughly tested. When you enlist the help of Hard Fire you can rest assured knowing the most current techniques and equipment are utilized during each of our inspections.

At Hard Fire we are well-versed in Ohio’s codes for commercial fire alarm systems. Our techs are factory trained and licensed. When we install your alarm system, you can also depend on us for your life safety systems maintenance and testing needs.

Not having your commercial fire alarms tested can cost your business more than the cost of an inspection. It is important to test and maintain your fire alarms every year in order to keep your business safe! For more information about the inspection of commercial fire alarms in Ohio, call Hard Fire at 1-800-848-1301 or 614-882-2990, or you can Contact Us.

Fire Safety Tips for Summer

Thousands of fires take place every day during the summer. In fact, with all the air conditioners running, high temperatures and stresses on electrical systems, it is one of the most dangerous seasons for fire. That is why, this summer, you should take some extra precautions to help keep your building occupants safe. The hottest time of year for Ohio is just around the corner and as experts in office fire protection systems for Columbus and all of Ohio, we’d like to talk to you more about proper office fire safety and what you can do to better protect it.

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Cooling System Safety

HVAC systems and fans are the major culprits when it comes to summer fire hazards. Make sure fans aren’t running constantly and that their cords aren’t damaged. How old are the fans? It might be time to consider new, safer and more efficient fans. Also, clean out any exhaust fans regularly and clear debris out of the vents. Avoid running fans consistently for long periods of time.

How is your air conditioning running? Dust can settle over the motor and other electrical components and cause faults, which can create fires. Running multiple cooling units together consistently and for long periods of time can also result in overloading and overheating, which presents an opportunity for fires to start.

Fire Protection System Inspection

Have you had your office fire protection system inspected lately? How old is the system? You should have fire alarms and fire suppression systems professionally serviced in the form of annual inspections. It is important to have your office fire protection systems checked once a year by a professional fire detection and alarm company such as Hard Fire. These preventative measures are essential in ensuring your system can handle whatever summer throws at it.

Other Summer Considerations

Fire risk is heightened by high temperatures. It is important to store flammables such as gas cylinders upright and never indoors. Do you keep items such as lawnmowers on your campus? Remember to regularly remove debris from cutting units and engines. And, never refuel a mower when it’s overheated.

How about a grill? Keep it away from your facility and any overhanging branches and always keep it clean.
Whatever special considerations your office needs this summer, Hard Fire can customize office fire protection systems to match. Do you have large servers or similar sensitive technical equipment? We can create a system tailored to monitor and keep your equipment safe.

Give us a call and a service representative will meet with you, tour your facility, and develop office fire protection systems and a service agreement to ensure your life safety systems are tested, inspected, and maintained to keep them operating at peak performance all season.

Are you interested in learning more about office fire protection systems in Columbus and the surrounding areas? Call Hard Fire at 1-800-848-1301 or 614-882-2990 or you can Contact Us.

Reasons Why Passive Commercial Fire Protection Isn’t Enough

Does your building have a commercial fire suppression system? If so, how old is it? Is it still up to code? If you have an old, outdated or bare bones fire suppression system in your office building, are you really doing everything you can to ensure safety for those who work there every day? Passive fire protection isn’t enough to keep everyone safe. Passive fire protection may work in theory, but when it comes down to it, your best line of defense is having a current, tested and monitored system that works. At Hard Fire, we specialize in commercial fire suppression for Columbus and know firsthand how essential having the right system can be.

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We go directly to each business we service to custom design a comprehensive commercial fire suppression system for each unique business and building and then monitor it thereafter. We are constantly on top of the latest technology in fire suppression so we hate to see situations where companies don’t stay up-to-date on the latest and the greatest. Why not bring old buildings up to current technology

Detection alone won’t be enough for the safety of your building and the people within it. Fast, sufficient suppression is just as important. The best thing you can do for your commercial fire suppression system is to have it inspected by Hard Fire at least once a year. We can catch any problems that might impact the system’s ability to work if it is needed. We also recommend that you take a look at it on a monthly basis and that you take basic precautions like never painting over the sprinklers, never obstructing them and never hanging items from them.

And, the faster the fire is spotted, the sooner your notification system can alert the proper emergency personnel to come and put out the blaze.

Make sure all of your commercial fire suppression systems are properly installed and monitored. They can help save lives and minimize the amount of damage done. Since these are so essential, it is also important to make sure you hire the professionals to ensure the job is done well. At Hard Fire, we have professional representatives on NFPA standard’s code committees and work closely with fire detection and suppression system manufacturers.

When you’re ready to learn more about commercial fire suppression for your Columbus office, call us at Hard Fire at 800-848-1301 or 614-882-2990 or Contact Us.

Importance of Testing Fire Alarms & Emergency Lighting

With proper professional maintenance, a fire detection system can last for over a decade. However, to ensure its longevity and effectiveness, you should have these fire alarms professionally serviced in the form of annual inspections. It is important to have your commercial fire alarm systems checked once a year by a professional fire detection and alarm company such as Hard Fire. We specialize in commercial fire alarm systems for Ohio and are here to tell you more about inspection and why it’s so important.

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Commercial fire alarm systems can include visual and audio evacuation alarms, alarm initiating devices; sprinkler water flow alarms, automatic smoke detectors, manual pull stations, heat detectors and much more. And, all of these need to be tested from time to time. When performing an inspection of your emergency lights, exit sign and more, an experienced technician from Hard Fire will make sure everything will work when you need it to.

For example, when it comes to your emergency lighting, did you know that ninety minutes is the illumination time required to give everyone enough time to properly exit the building? We will verify that the lights will function for the required 90 minutes, should they be needed in the case of an emergency. And, this is just one element of your commercial fire alarm systems we will test.

Every business has to abide by codes and regulations. These requirements can affect several aspects of a business, including accessibility, environment, and mechanical systems, among many others. And, we are well-versed in these codes for commercial fire alarm systems. When we install your alarm system, you can depend on us for all of its maintenance and testing needs. For example, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Code of Federal Regulations require you to adequately illuminate all exits. The codes also require you to maintain emergency lights and exit signs to make sure they are always in operating condition. We are here to keep your commercial fire alarm systems up to code.

We will customize a preventive maintenance program that provides you with a single source for all of your commercial fire alarm systems. A service representative will meet with you, tour your facility, and develop a service agreement to ensure your life safety systems are tested, inspected, and maintained to keep them operating at peak performance.

It is important to make a special effort to thoroughly test and inspect all of your commercial fire alarm systems’ components for proper operation. The most current techniques and equipment are utilized during each of our inspections to meet the rigorous requirements of today’s complex fire alarm systems. Because, we want to make sure your alarm systems work when you need them!

Are you interested in learning more about inspection of commercial fire alarm systems in Ohio? Call Hard Fire at 1-800-848-1301 or 614-882-2990, or you can Contact Us.